Crossroads Lewis Short Breaks
A story by Crossroads (Lewis) Care Attendant Scheme Ltd
Crossroads Lewis’ Short Breaks provide a carer with breaks of up to 3 nights/4 days, while our Care Attendant team provide 24 hour care at home for the cared-for. This lessens the disruption to the cared-for person’s routine, and is particularly beneficial to those with dementia. Crossroads Lewis takes over the role of the carer, to meet all the needs of the cared-for eg personal care, medication and meals.
What Crossroads Lewis Short Breaks did
We have delivered sixteen full 3 night/4 day breaks to eleven carers and a further seven carers have benefited from sixteen extended day hours for those unable to be away overnight. Our service was well-publicised through local medical practices, carer forums, our own Carers' Day and through the Social Department.
None of the carers who received our Short Breaks were able to use statutory residential respite and this was their only extended break from their caring role, that they will have had throughout the year. Many of them chose to visit family on the mainland, meet up with friends, go to concerts or attend weddings that they would have be unable to do so without the Short Breaks' service.
Husband has dementia and is unable to be left alone for longer than half an hour. The couple had not received any support from Crossroads Lewis before the break and were unsure how having support from a service would work.
They do not receive any regular weekly respite from any organisation, but instead the carer's needs are better met by the extended Short Break Service from Crossroads Lewis.
What Crossroads (Lewis) Care Attendant Scheme Ltd has learnedOur Shorts Breaks have become fully integrated into our wider service and we are now associated with home-based respite. It is a valued part of our service and the feedback we receive is excellent, from both carers and their cared-for.
It has raised our profile locally and we have been able to support people who do not need any other services from us, and who are new to our organisation. We have achieved this by publicising the service well, word-of-mouth from those who have used our service before, and from offering extended day time respite to those who were unsure about taking an initial full break.